Hey everybody! In today’s Crochet 101 lesson, I’m going to teach you how to make a magic circle. This is an alternative method you can use when working in the round instead of starting with a slip knot. I prefer this method because you’re able to close up the hole at the beginning easier than you would with a slip knot. With this lesson, I have step-by-step instructions on how to make a magic circle. Gather up your supplies and let’s begin!
To work a magic circle, loop the yarn around your finger twice leaving at least 6 inches for your yarn tail. Remember to keep this yarn a little loose as you need to insert your crochet hook underneath the loops.
Next, take your crochet hook and insert it underneath the two loops on your finger. Grab onto the loop on the left side only and pull it underneath the loop on the right.
Depending on your project, either chain up 1, 2, or 3. For the purposes of this tutorial, let’s chain 2. Once you have your chain 2, you can remove your fingers and a loop is formed.
To continue, you will begin making stitches into the loop. Again, for the purposes of this tutorial, let’s make 11 double crochets into the loop.
To close the gap, simply pull on the yarn tail until the gap gets smaller. You may have to pull a little tight, but be careful you don’t pull too tight where the yarn breaks.
Slip stitch to the first double crochet of your round. Your work will then form a circle. Once you’re working on your project, you can weave in your ends.
That’s how you make a magic circle! This technique may require some practice as everyone has their own method, but I find that it’s worth it! I like working this method because then I don’t have to worry about a gap at the top of my project or have to hide it using a pom pom (if I were making a hat).
What are your thoughts? Do you like using the magic circle method? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!
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